This is the initial block in of
Gilbert. I will show in the next 5 images how I progressed in this portrait class taught by Kathy Weber. Her amazing demo was done in 20 minutes making us all feel terribly inadequate. ( I should speak for myself!) I took the next 20 minutes to measure, assess, and take my time to do the drawing.
Back after a short break, I tried to get that large shape of the beret in, noting that I needed to increase the size of it, and his head, quite a bit! I established my initial lights and darks. Remember, this class is the Zorn palette: we use only Titanium White, Yellow Ochre, Cad Red Light, and Ivory Black.
I was feeling confused by what was happening on the left side of his face, so I put in the background color. I also gave more space behind the ear and to his neck. Kathy noted that his mouth doesn't turn down, as I had it, but is hidden by his moustache. I was able to see that side of his face better and resolve the lower cheek.
I added more color to his face, and lightened his forehead, which received the most amount of light. I found the color of his shirt and worked on resizing and replacing the ear. I took photographs after each 20 minute sitting, to see how I was doing.
Final touches include highlight above the eye, the moustache more defined, and a little je ne sais quoi! I feel I am learning alot. Kathy is a wonderful, detailed teacher with both demonstration and explanation.
Sunday, October 28, 2012
Pink cloud: A term used in early recovery when life is amazing, everything is wonderful, you feel high on life, never felt better....then reality sets in and you fall off your pink cloud. Then one day the pink cloud is reality and you understand life is both amazing and terrifying and you are okay with all of it.
Friday, October 26, 2012
Wednesday, October 24, 2012
Saturday, October 13, 2012
The class started with a quick demo where Kathy Weber made it look so easy! Here's my effort, which was not so easy. However, using the limited palette helped to unify the colours. I used a flat soft #8 brush by Creative Mark. I worked on a birch panel, where I gessoed an 8x10 area.I was pleased I was able to make marks then leave them alone!
Friday, October 12, 2012
Thursday, October 4, 2012
I painted this during the only clear and dry time of our 3 day camping trip to Hampton Beach, NH. It was early evening, so the light was fading, and I was doing fine until someone walking by commented on the painting looking "so real". I knew I was in trouble, so I got to some serious simplifying! There were blades of grass and wildflowers in the foreground, so they had to go! The result feels much more the mood of the day. But I ask myself, why hadn't I seen that I was getting so fussy?!? How I need to pause, walk away, and then see with new eyes.
Tuesday, October 2, 2012
When I saw how the sunlight played on this garden hose I knew I wanted to capture that moment. A basic tenet of plein air painting is to find the light or shadow and lay it down early in the development of the painting. The light changes so quickly that you may notice you are modifying and changing it as you go along. This is a tendency that can plague even an experienced painter, trust me! Here is where the camera can come in handy when the light shifts, or disappears for the day.
Monday, October 1, 2012
Another look at the ebb of Provincetown's tide. I have lived most of my life by the ocean, on several islands, and yearned for the sounds of crashing waves and the smell of brine when I've been too far away. I am at home by the sea. I find peace at the waters edge. I respect its' forceful power to humble me. It's my "go to" place in nature, what's yours?